Tuesday, January 28, 2014

And February is on it's way

January 28th.......now how did that happen? I have been painting, In fact, more than usual. But I have also been using the knife to scrape!
So learning, yes. 
Finishing, no.
The up side is having several paintings in process that I continually evaluate, ponder.

So here are two views of Eastman Lane, where we live north of San Francisco,during a dry spell that has gone on far too long. The pictures were taken early January so the dried roses are now gone and the dry field, still dry.

Glad to say hello. Happy painting.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The very last layer

Here is the very last layer. As my words for this piece are "a sense of place", I think that that was accomplished. Parts of the painting seem so clear and then, wow, a little mystery appears.  It seems to me to be a comfortable mixture of abstract and representational. The warm and cool balance is much more than I even imagined. Would you like to wander here? Is there a storm approaching. Who knows?


20 x 24

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A sense of place

This is layer (at least ) number 4 and a representational painting is starting to emerge.
I am sure it will remain semi-abstract but I do want to pursue the phrase " a sense of place".
This morning I am off to class and we will see what this last layer unfolds.
Fascinating process.

This painting is about 20 x 30.......I need to measure it so you have a sense of the size.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Ticino Summer again.........

This is my second try. So much better as far as value is concerned. Also I concentrated on warm and cool greens along with making the painting a green painting. This painting is certainly more interesting and distinctive. I can almost ignore the fact that the palm trees seem to be leaning. Distinctive again?

8 x 8


Sunday, January 12, 2014

More value study work

Yesterday it was a very grey day looking out the studio window. So with no definite light source I concentrated on value, what blended with what, just looking and observing as much as I could.

I also worked on two abstracts this weekend. There is more to do before I post.
I am learning to nudge objects out of the painting...........to see what my paint strokes have been trying to say.
And I did another Ticino summer which will be up tomorrow.

Have a great Sunday.

Friday, January 10, 2014


My "homework" was to work on the tree outside of the studio with only black and white. My black is burnt umber. I cannot tell you how much I learned. You will see this again. What  a great exercise.

Have a wonderful weekend and paint, paint.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Ticino Summer

The Daily Paintworks Challenge this week is about
painting a summer work as many people in the
United States and abroad are experiencing very
cold weather. In the northeast and midwest, very cold is an 
So I chose a photo I had from a trip to Switzerland in 2011. Two palm trees. I have always 
wanted to paint them. Thanks to this weeks challenge, I did!
 Love the oranges popping through from the painting I covered up. 
Summer for sure........

6 x 6


Friday, January 03, 2014

December Tree

Here is another version as I study the same subject, the tree outside of the studio. It has beautiful light on it early in the morning when I am down there. It still has those burnt looking leaves.

My goal was to deepen the leaf colors on the left to see if that gave the tree more form.
That the rest of the painting abstracted was fine with me.
I also tried to stick with a blue-orange palette.

Whenever you limit yourself in some way you find out how much learning those limits create.

8 x 8


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year

As many of you know, I love to revisit the same subject many times. This is, once again, the tree outside of the studio. It is trying to lose it's leaves but we are in drought conditions and it just kind of looks burnt. That was hard to capture for sure. But I love the vista. The tree, the old fence and the background that is made up of trees, barns, and other things that just fade into the distance. Since it was all about the tree, I just let the rest of the painting kind of fade. It was not the star.

Here is my new year's wish........to new paintings, to delving deeper into my familiar subjects, to keep enjoying the wonderful blogs of my art community, to sharing. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who looks at my art, who buys my art, who comments on the process. We are all precious to one another.
And that it what it is all about!

6 x 6